Gangadvara, Gaṅgādvāra, Ganga-dvara: 8 definitions



Gangadvara means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Buddhism, Pali, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

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Source: Google Books: Crossing the Lines of Caste

Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार).—Indra had sent Menakā to seduce Viśvāmitra, “as he practiced austerities at Gaṅgādvāra [Haridwar] for the purpose of achieving Brahminhood”. After succumbing to Menakā’s flirtations, and after having a daughter with her, Viśvāmitra then travels south to the Godāvarī to resume his austerities, settling down at a spot next where Śiva stood as Kālañjara (Brahma-purāṇa 147.8-9).

Source: Puranic Encyclopedia

Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार).—The place or locality in the Indo-Gangetic plane where the river Ganges falls from the Himālayas. This place is known as Haridvāra also. arHidvāra has an epic importance.

It was here that King Pratīpa did tapas. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 97, Verse 1).

Sage Bharadvāja had stayed on the banks of the Gaṅgā, at Haridvāra. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 129, Verse 33).

Arjuna visited Haridvāra during his tour or Pilgrimage. (Ādi Parva, Chapter 213).

This is the entrance to heaven. A bath here in the Koṭitīrtha is as beneficial as the Puṇḍarīka Yajña. (Vana Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 27).

Sage Agastya and his wife Lomapādā once did tapas here. (Vana Parva, Chapter 97, Verse 11).

It was here that Śiva appeared to Jayadratha, who did tapas. (Vana Parva 72, Verse 24).

Dakṣaprajāpati had once performed tapas at Kanakhala in Haridvāra. (Śalya Parva, Chapter 38, Verse 27).

Those who bathe at Kuśāvarta, Vilvaka, Nīlaparvata and Kanakhala in Haridvāra will attain heaven. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 25, Verse 13).

Bhīṣma did the funeral rites of his father at the mouth of the Gaṅgā. (Anuśāsana Parva, Chapter 34, Verse 11).

Dhṛtarāṣṭra, Gāndhārī, Kuntī and others died in wild fire in the forest at Gaṅgādvāra, and Yudhiṣṭhira conducted their funeral rites there itself. (Āśramavāsika Parva, Chapter 39, Verse 14).

Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार) refers to the name of a Tīrtha (pilgrim’s destination) mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. III.88.18). Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Gaṅgādvāra) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

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Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

gaṅgādvāra : (nt.) mouth of a river.

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

gaṅgādvāra (गंगाद्वार).—n (S) The spot on which the river Goda falls near Trimbakeshwar.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit dictionary

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार).—the place where the Ganges enters the plains (also called haridvāra); गङ्गाद्वारं प्रति महान्बभूव भगवानृषिः (gaṅgādvāraṃ prati mahānbabhūva bhagavānṛṣiḥ) Mb.1.13.33.

Derivable forms: gaṅgādvāram (गङ्गाद्वारम्).

Gaṅgādvāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṅgā and dvāra (द्वार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार).—n. the locality where the Gaṅgā, leaving the mountains, enters the plains.

Gaṅgādvāra is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms gaṅgā and dvāra (द्वार).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Gaṅgādvāra (गङ्गाद्वार):—[=gaṅgā-dvāra] [from gaṅgā > gaṅga] n. ‘the door of the Ganges’, Name of a town situated where the Ganges enters the plains (also called Hari-dvāra), [Mahābhārata i]

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family (even English!). Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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